Personal website: pritviksinhadc.com
Research Interests: Astrophysics: Planetary science, understanding how dark matter can be detected and how it affects objects at the solar system level; Astrobiology: Bayesian approaches to biosignature detection and representing planetary atmospheres as assembly spaces or as networks; Quantum Field Theory: Studying quantum computing and how to improve quantum encryption and better achieve quantum supremacy; String Theory: Reducing the Calabi Yau Manifold variations and working out testable experiments in String Theory; Nuclear Science: Sequestering Strontium 90 via freshwater green algae
Education: Currently, a high school student of Dubai College studying further mathematics, physics and biology, I recently graduated as a World Science Scholar (2018-2020 cohort) after completing several advanced courses on cosmology, astrophysics, astrobiology, quantum mechanics, particle physics, String Theory, etc.
Current Research: My overarching research goal is to find the probability of life existing on an arbitrary exoplanet, given a set of detectable imprints or biosignatures on that planet, such as oxygen, water vapor, sulfur dioxide, etc, and taking into account the possibility of false positives in my analysis. My research focuses on attempting to constrain and solve several terms required in the Bayes Theorem for finding the probability of life given the appropriate data, for calculating the final probability, including the probability of observing interesting data, the prior probability of life in the universe, and the prior probability of a false positive. My research, therefore, examines the efficacy of the current biosignatures we look for by breaking down their results in a Bayesian approach. Each term will be analyzed and calculated and every process that is responsible for these terms, and has an effect on them, will be studied. Once all the terms have been evaluated, a final formulation can be calculated for each biosignature we use. For instance, if we take oxygen as the biosignature, we must calculate the probability that the oxygen concentration on an arbitrary exoplanet is due to life being present on that planet and not some other false positive. This process can be repeated for other biosignatures. The final aim of this project will be to find out the reliability of each biosignature, and how much scientists need to worry about false positives in each case for an exoplanet.
Personal: If my love for scientific research is what takes my breath away, teaching and writing on the wonders of STEM and the prehistoric world helps me breathe. I have been teaching and mentoring since the age of five, and wrote my first book at the age of seven, thereby becoming the world’s youngest author in paleontology. Since then, I have written a couple of more books on prehistoric life, impact of nuclear waste, safe disposal of radioactive spent fuel, etc. In order to take my passion in theoretical physics, astrophysics and paleontology to the next level, I have launched, headed, and grown the Dubai College Paleontology Society, STEM Talks Society, Astrophysics Society, Robotics Society and the STEM Council over the years, and have also been a senior leader of the Mathematics Society, Science Council, and the Mathematics Puzzle Committee. A World Science Scholar at 13 — the first from the Middle East and Africa region, an official Student Mentor for the Dubai STEM Olympiad since 2019, and a TEDx speaker at 14, I have been felicitated for my academic endeavors many times, including, a ‘Future Stars’ award conferred in collaboration with the UAE Government and the Arabian Business Achievement Awards-ITP Group, ‘Incredible Talent’ by the Sharjah Book Authority, ‘Young Science Ambassador’ by the British Science Association, ‘Student Ambassador’ by the United World Schools, ‘Crystal Trophy’ award by the Emirates Environmental Group, etc.
Beyond research, my passion for a cause intensely close to my heart was acknowledged when the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE
and the Ruler of Dubai declared me as the ‘UAE Ambassador for organ donation’. A renal failure patient since birth and currently hooked on to a dialysis machine and awaiting a kidney transplant, I have been working towards encouraging every single human being to opt for organ donation, especially postmortem deceased donors. Instead of saying goodbye to our loved ones, we can cherish them forever by donating their organs to those who won’t otherwise survive. Yes, each one of us can save eight lives — and if we educate us on this cause, there would be no deaths from organ failures for patients waiting on unending donor waitlists.
Also, an avid animal lover, last year, I launched PAWS (People Animal Welfare Services) for Therapy — a culmination of my five-year-long rendezvous of tackling intense pain since 2015, when I had my very first tumor operation. Today, I train my furry friends to provide free of cost healing therapy to the determined, the differently-abled, those battling critical health issues, including cancer patients and the terminally ill. My PAWS-trained therapy dogs offer hope, reduce pain and frustrations, and spread happiness amongst those who need a healing paw. Starting with one member, the organization today boasts of over 50 dedicated volunteers.
I do have some ‘very happy’ ‘non-cause’ hobbies — I love writing, debating, reading, designing and programming.